Thomas, a young, gay, German pastry chef, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. Feeling lost and grief-stricken after learning that Oren has been killed in a car accident in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking closure and solace. There, without revealing his secret, he takes a job in the cafe run by his lover’s widow, Anat, and soon finds himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation. Drawn to one another, each finds a refuge in each other’s company—their unwittingly shared grief binding them in ways neither fully understands. Delicate, restrained and genuinely affecting, The Cakemaker is a subtly-written meditation on love, loss and the human need to connect with one another – a tale of two people trying to start anew after tragedy and live their lives unburdened by national, sexual or religious boundaries. This critically-acclaimed film will be Israel’s submission to the 2019 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.
Winner: 6 Israeli Academy Awards 2018 including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay
Winner: Best Actress (Sarah Adler), Israeli Academy Awards 2018
Winner: Ecumenical Jury Award, Karlovy Vary Int’l FF 2017
Winner: Best Editing and The Lia Van Leer Award, Jerusalem Int’l FF 2017